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Top Choice Yunnan in Lìjiāng

Tiāntiān Xiān

Locals flock here for the superb, grilled fish and chicken and soy-bean-paste dishes (get here before 7pm or it will have run out). But all the Naxi specialities on offer are fantastic and great value. No English sp…
Tibetan in Lìjiāng

Lamu’s House of Tibet

Friendly Lamu has been serving up smiles and hearty Tibetan and international fare for more than a decade. Ascend the little wooden staircase to the second-floor dining area, a great spot for people-watching, and tr…
Live Music in Lìjiāng

Nàxī Orchestra

Attending a performance of this orchestra inside a beautiful building in the old town is a good way to spend an evening in Lìjiāng. Not only are all two dozen or so members Naxi, but they play a type of Taoist templ…
Park in Lìjiāng

Black Dragon Pool Park

On the northern edge of town is the Black Dragon Pool Park; its view of Yùlóng Xuěshān is an obligatory photo shoot in southwestern China. The Dōngbā Research Institute is part of a renovated complex on the hillside…
Cultural Centre in Lìjiāng

Dōngbā Research Institute

The Dōngbā Research Institute is part of a renovated complex on the hillside north of the old town. Here you can see Naxi cultural artefacts and scrolls featuring a unique pictograph script.
Pavilion in Lìjiāng

Looking at the Past Pavillion

The Looking at the Past Pavilion was raised for tourists at a cost of over one million yuán. It's famed for a unique design using dozens of four-storey pillars – unfortunately these were culled from northern Yúnnán …
Historic Site in Lìjiāng

Mu Family Mansion

The former home of a Naxi chieftain, the Mu Family Mansion was heavily renovated (more like built from scratch) after the devastating earthquake that struck Lìjiāng in 1996. Mediocre captions do a poor job of introd…
Museum in Lìjiāng

Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture

The Museum of Naxi Dongba Culture houses displays on Naxi dress and culture, Dōngbā script, Lìjiāng's old town and the dubious claim that the region is the 'real' Shangri-la. It is at the Black Dragon Pool Park's no…
Cultural in Lìjiāng

Torch Festival

The torch festival (Huǒbǎ Jié) is also celebrated by the Bai in the Dàlǐ region and the Yi all over the southwest. The origin of this festival can be traced back to the Nanzhao kingdom, when the wife of a man burned…
Yunnan in Lìjiāng

Āmāyì Nàxī Snacks

The name doesn’t do justice to the small but select and very authentic selection of Naxi cuisine on offer at this calm courtyard restaurant. There are fantastic mushroom dishes, when in season, as well as zhútǒng fà…